Malibu Seafood is a small seafood restaurant and market on a beautiful stretch of the Pacific Coast Highway. When summer hits and the temperature is close to 80 along the coast with the sun shining down on the beach goers, we make sure to hop on the bike and ride through the Malibu Canyons and stop in at Malibu Seafood for an early lunch.
The restaurant is very popular among locals and tourists, which could mean a long line on the weekends if you don't get there before noon. There are two doors to the restaurant, the one on the right is for the fish market and the one on the left is for the restaurant. There is no indoor seating at Malibu Seafood, but who wants to be inside when the weather is beautiful out with plenty of shade to stay cool. The menu is simple and straight forward and if you have a hard time deciding, go with the fish & fries. Each order is assigned a number and they will call it over the speaker system once it's ready for pick up on the left side of the restaurant.
2 Piece Fish & Fries
The Alaskan cod is coated in a light batter and fried to a nice golden brown. The crunchy sound of the batter after the first bite is always music to my ears. The cod was fresh, moist and cooked just right. The tartar sauce adds a nice creaminess to each bite. Compared to the fish, the fries are a let down. Dense, unseasoned, and overcooked are the best ways to describe the fries.
16 oz. Clam Chowder
The clam chowder wasn't as good as it used to be. It had the texture of a thicker puree with a few small pieces of clams, that were hard to distinguish.
Overall, the fish was tasty, but the fries were lacking and the chowder tasted watered down. The prices are high, but you are paying for the view. The food isn't worth a long wait, but if there's no line try something on the menu with Alaskan cod. The fish at Mac's was definitely better and so was the chowder at Brophy Bros. I think it's time for another trip to Santa Barbara. I did add 1/2 a star for the view and beautiful drive.
3 out of 5 Stars
25653 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, CA 90265
4 to 5 free spots in front of the restaurant and plenty of parking in the paid lot.